Mar
05

Johnny Lujan Becomes A Part Of Dynasty

I would like to welcome a new member into the Dynasty family, a week after he and his wife welcomed a new child into their own family.  Johnny Lujan, a Triple A pitcher with the New York Mets, had his first child; a daughter named Eden Isabella Lujan.  We wish Johnny, his wife Erica, and his new daughter all of the best.

Here is a little bit about Johnny Lujan’s past in MLB-affiliated baseball.  Lujan was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 15th round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.  In 2007, he move to the Chicago White Sox organization after being traded for catcher Chris Stewart.  He spent the past three years with the White Sox, but the Sox never protected Lujan by putting him on their 40-man roster.  Lujan was eligible in this past year’s Rule 5 Draft, and the New York Mets snagged him in the Triple A phase.  Johnny will be reporting to Major League Spring Training this weekend, a little bit late, due to the birth of his first child as mentioned above.  Without a doubt, though, he is ready to play, and he now has an extra incentive to make it up to the big leagues.

If Johnny can limit his walks and maintain his control on the mound, he will definitely be called up by the end of the year.  From 2008 to 2009, Lujan was able to increase his K/9, decrease his BB/9, and decrease his WHIP to a respectable 1.35.  I was shocked when I read that in 58.2 innings pitched, Lujan only gave up 1 homerun.  We are excited to represent our second player in the Mets organization, and one who is close to the big stage.

This will be the first player that Dynasty represents in conjunction with an outside entity.  Steve Weinberg, who has represented Johnny Lujan in the past, will continue to serve as Johnny Lujan’s primary agent.

  • John Baldano

    Congrads. Can you explain how something like this works? Dont most players just have one agency, I have never heard of two agencies representing one player in contract negotiations. Is this common practice? Thanks.

    • http://sportsagentblog.com Darren Heitner

      Actually, there are quite a few jointly represented athletes. This is especially the case for athletes who want distinct marketing advisors from contractual advisors. We will part of the formula in both aspects.

  • John Baldano

    Ohh ok gotcha, so he will keep the other agent as the contractual advisor, and dynasty will handle the marketing/endorsements it that correct? Makes sense now! :)

    • http://sportsagentblog.com Darren Heitner

      No, I said that’s how some athletes do it. In this case, we will be helping on both ends. Primarily as marketing agents, but we also have a role on the contractual side.

  • Yusef

    Why will he defiantly be called up? Nothing is for certain. How often do Rule 5 Trips phase get called up the year after?

    • http://sportsagentblog.com Darren Heitner

      Absolutely no guarantee that he will be called up, but the fact that he was taken in the Triple A phase of the Rule 5 draft shows that the Mets see something in him. They had to compensate the White Sox for picking him up. I agree, nothing is for certain, but we cannot complain with Lujan’s current position.

  • Evan Schmidt

    Congratulations on the new addition. I’m a huge Mets fan, so I look forward to following Lujan’s situation extra closely.

  • The Kount

    Daren congrats on the new addition. I went to check out your baseball roster and its really extensive. Ive got to ask – how does a law student, with tuition and no regular income support 25 players financially. As far as I can tell you havent made a penny off any of them yet as they are all still in the minors and most if not all were signed after the draft (e.g. after bonuses were negotiated). Let me in on the secret buddy!

    • http://sportsagentblog.com Darren Heitner

      Well then it wouldn’t be a secret anymore, would it?

  • kount

    All kidding aside though, I’m really wondering how all the #s add up. 99% of kids in grad school can barely afford coffee and a sandwich, how are u supporting all these pro athletes? I obviously don’t expect to see a company finance list but I’d appreciate as much insight as u can disclose, thanks man

    • http://sportsagentblog.com Darren Heitner

      We have developed strong relationships with equipment manufacturers. I also had a successful business before starting Dynasty, in addition to a scholarship for law school.

  • John Baldano

    Hi Darren, i looked at your baseball roster this weekend and noticed you have a player in Germany now. I was wondering how that came about, are European countries going to serve as a backup option for players who are not in the pro leagues in the US, such as the NBA? How competitive is the baseball bundesliega in Germany and what kind of contracts do the players sign, similar to minor league ones? I know the german soccer bundesliega is really good lol. Lastly, I noticed you have Jason Kershner as a client now, I remember seeing him play when he was in the majors. How did that come about too, is it looking like theres any chance of him getting back up? I always thought he had a lot of promise its great hes with Dynasty now. Thanks in advance.

    • http://sportsagentblog.com Darren Heitner

      Very astute and a nice observation. Lee Roberts had a great Rookie campaign with the Royals last year, but was unfortunately released. He still has a burning desire to play baseball, so with the help of our International partner, we were able to place him in Germany. Every year, Europe is becoming a better area for professional baseball. Traditionally, outside of the U.S., the Far East is a hotbed for baseball talent. It will be interesting to see what happens in Europe over time.

      The contract signed is actually a little better than what Minor Leaguers make, but we hope that Lee will get another chance in MLB affiliated baseball in the future.

      Kershner was a fantastic pick-up. He is a great guy, who still has it in him to make it back to the MLB. Right now, we have a few clubs within the country and outside of the country, interested in Jason.

  • John Baldano

    Thanks for the response, I just looked at Lee’s stats and I agree he did well I am actually surprised he was let go. I would have guessed teams would only release players who put up terrible numbers in their first year. But if Leatherman and Parise’s careers are any indication of how the business operates i dont think Lee has anything to worry about :)

  • Jacob Hixson

    Huge Mets fan and live a stones throw from the Mets AAA affiliate stadium, look forward to seeing his progress.

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